Casual Dining

Food Diary – August 2017

Gobble Gobble Buffet and New A La Carte Menu at TEMPTationS, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel  


Headed over to TEMPTationS in Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel to try out the Gobble Gobble value for money buffet as well as some items from the restaurant’s new a la carte menu. The Gobble Gobble lunch and dinner buffets run from 1 August until 30 September 2017, and are priced at only RM60nett per person for lunch while the Dinner Buffet from Thursdays to Saturdays is at RM80nett per person.

Additionally, you can also complement your meal with 2 hours free flow of house wine at RM66nett per person or 2 hours free flow of soft drinks at RM22nett per person and complimentary car park at the hotel basement.

Executive Chef Helmut Lamberger and his team have crafted special menus on rotation basis tailored with a selection of dishes spanning from East and West, with soups and salads, a variety of fresh seafood on ice, selection of homemade breads and cheeses. The live cooking stations include Chicken Shawarma, Roasted Lamb Shoulder with rosemary jus, Grilled Chicken and Beef Satay, Salt Crusted Baked Whole Seabass and more.

At the dessert section, the pastry chef has lined up a plethora of colourful and delicious cakes, puddings, Malay kuih, ice cream and Bread and Butter Pudding with vanilla, chocolate or mixed berry sauce.

*     Prices are inclusive of 6% Goods & Services Tax (GST).

**  This offer is not valid with any other voucher, special promotions, membership card benefits or other discounts.

*** Terms and conditions apply.





Brand New All Day Dining Menu at TEMPTationS, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel  


TEMPTationS has revamped its menu recently to offer a more exciting dining approach with delicious new dishes from starters and salads to sandwiches, soups, indigenous Asian dishes, pastas, pizzas and desserts. Focusing on indigenous cuisine, WACS Global Master Chef Helmut Lamberger and his culinary team created a menu featuring the flavours of Malaysia, while all-time classics such as pizzas, pastas and burgers served with Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel’s unique twist are also on the list.

With over 50 items to choose from, diners can savour a range of Western, Asian and local dishes specially prepared with sustainable and locally sourced fresh produce. The starters and salad offerings include new items such as Popiah goreng, Buffalo style chicken wings, Kerabu mangga and Rojak.

Sandwiches and soups take on a new twist with Roti John, an all-Malaysian sandwich of local baguette filled with minced chicken, egg and tomato-chili sauce served with a side dish of mango salad and Vegetable kathi wrap, a tortilla filled with cottage cheese, potatoes, sliced onion, bell peppers and lettuce accompanied with yogurt mint dip. Look out for the Butternut squash and the Asam laksa, while a new addition to the American style 10 inch pizzas is the handmade Rendang Pizza topped with chicken rendang, pepper, pineapple and bean curd as well as a dash of bird’s eye chili.

Other indigenous dishes include the slow braised North Malaysia oxtail soup infused with traditional spices, coriander leaf and lime, as well as TEMPTationS’ rendition of Nasi Goreng Kampong served with satay, fried chicken, fried eggs, prawn cracker and sambal belacan, and Hainan chicken rice.

TEMPTationS is located at the East Wing Lobby Level, Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

For more info or to make a reservation, telephone 03 2771 6692 or email


Photo credit: Andy Kho Photography (




W1 Dining & Cocktails, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru

This was one ridiculously flavourful squid which would go perfectly with an ice cold pint of beer!


The Telawi area in Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur is home to many hipster food & beverage joints and the latest to join the scene is W1 Dining & Cocktails. The restaurant’s name is in reference to the W1 postcode which contains some of London’s most prized addresses – from the swanky luxury apartments of Mayfair to the retailers of Regent Street and Oxford Street, and the bustling nightlife of Soho.

Instead of the very traditional British dishes, W1 serves up modern fare in the form of small plates (think tapas!) with a couple of big plates for the mains. The backbone of the menu is British cuisine however some modern elements and an Asian ingredient or two can be found in some of the offerings providing a twist to some familiar dishes.


Steak Diane – cooked to medium (as Janet doesn’t eat rare and bloody steaks unlike me) however it was still tender and juicy. Served with potatoes and three (3) types of specialty salts.
Oh look at the lovely glistening fat which is so sinful (I would love to eat it but I’m fat enough so had to content myself with just admiring it)


Sticky Cola (instead of date) Pudding topped with a scoop of ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce! SINFUL but it was so good even I (the non-sweettooth) had a few bites of this heavenly dessert!
Because it was so good – here’s another photo of it!


The outlet has not officially launched but has already garnered quite a crowd especially during dinner. The food menu is short and sweet with about two dozen options. This time was just a quick bite after the Hermes cocktail with Janet but I look forward to returning sometime soon for a full review of their menu.


W1 is located at:

22, Jalan Telawi 2,

Bangsar Baru,

59100 Kuala Lumpur,





The Other Half Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI)


Joining the cafe scene in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) is The Other Half which is located at Greens Terrace which is diagonally opposite the Pasar Besar TTDI. As weekends are my casual food exploration days, I decided to try out this latest establishment in TTDI with Sue after her recommendation. There is ample parking in the Greens Terrace and parking on weekends is priced as a very cheap (for TTDI) RM2.00. Head up to the second floor where you’ll find the cafe which is right beside Thai Hou Sek (which I actually didn’t know existed there).

We actually went during the peak lunchhour hence had to wait for a while as the cafe was full of diners! The high ceiling and floor to ceiling glass windows gave the cafe a very spacious feel and a nice view of the surrounding areas. A new MRT station is barely two mins walk away adding to the convenience of the location.

The food featured a fusion influence which combined the traditional breakfast/ cafe fare with local and Asian ingredients which resulted in some pretty unique creations!



Taquitos – RM19.00 Stuffed with chilli con carne and served with cheese and guacamole A Mexican dish for breakfast? Well why not? This was one very addictive dish though with a tortilla fried and rolled up to resemble a springroll. Thought this would be absolutely wonderful with beer however had to settle with coffee/ tea this time round.
Cauliflower & Szechuan Fritters – RM26.00 Served with rocket and lentils salad in lemon dressing, yoghurt, tofu and ginger curd, red radish and a poached egg. This one was not too bad although I wouldn’t describe the fried cauliflower as a fritter. Nice concept but I thought it was a tad pricey for what is essentially a salad with a poached egg. Perhaps the addition of some protein would make this a more substantial dish.


The yolk was not as runny as I would have preferred but hey the cafe was running full during my visit
Risotto Lemak – RM29.00 Sambal risotto, fresh cucumbers, peanut biscotti, crispy drummette and poached egg A play on our local favourite dish which wasn’t quite to my liking unfortunately. I thought the risotto was pretty dry while the biscotti just didn’t jive with the dish. Full marks for trying to be creative though. Also rather pricey for something like this.


Kaya Macha Latte – RM13.00 I don’t like my drinks sweet so asked them to lower the sweetness which probably resulted in me not being able to taste the kaya (so I’m clearly at fault here). Otherwise the matcha flavour was strong and nice.



I thought that the cafe had some hits and misses while the prices were rather on the high side even for upscale TTDI. Granted that I only tried three (3) dishes so it’s not too fair to make that my conclusion of the place. Perhaps its the fact that the cafe has only been in operation for two weeks so they need to sort through some teething problems which is common for every establishment. Might return to try again in a couple of months time once they’ve got the hang of things and taken into account customer feedback.


The Other Half is located at:

Unit 2-1, Greens Terrace,

No.1 Jalan Wan Kadir 3,

Taman Tun Dr Ismail

60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



Telephone: 03-2771 6221


Photos of W1 and The Other Half were shot using the Panasonic Lumix LX10.

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